7 Things That Get Easier as Kids Grow Up

7 Things That Get Easier as Kids Grow Up

For parents struggling with the many constant needs of little kids, this list is for you!

By Lorraine Allen

Kids are parents’ greatest joy, and they bring so much laughter and love to any family. But they also come with many, many needs and challenges that can feel endless, draining, and even overwhelming at times. Luckily, as little ones grow, many aspects of parenting get easier.

Personally, I love suddenly enjoying a “free” impromptu date night -- no sitter needed -- when my kid sleeps over at friends’ or cousins’ homes sometimes. Here, seven other moms reveal how life has gotten easier as their children have grown.

1. “It’s amazing how much more free time I suddenly had once my kid could handle bathroom activities ALL on his own. Suddenly, I have an extra five minutes or 10 minutes multiple times a day to do other things, and that really adds up. When my kid takes his bath or goes potty and brushes teeth before bed now, that’s when I fold laundry, clean up dinner or even get to make a couple of important calls for the day.” -- Brenda R., mom of an 8-year-old

2. “Not having to tie shoes and nag and help with putting coats and mittens on really saved my sanity. That was the hardest struggle of my day, with my little ones. I was SO relieved when it was finally over!” -- Vicky B., mom of two middle school-aged kids

3. “Of course being done with diapers makes everything way easier, but for me, the best thing that got easier was not having to deal with bottles. All those parts! And the timing! And then warming them. It was so constricting and complicated. I hated bottle-feeding. It’s so much nicer to be able to enjoy meals WITH my kids!” -- Elena E., mom of a 5-year-old and 4-year-old

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4. “Once my kids hit school age, they stopped relying on me to play with them all the time, and that made my life so much easier. Now, they can enjoy their own games and toys and friends, and it gives me the chance to do other things, too.” -- Marisol J., mom of a 7-year-old and 9-year-old

5. “Playing sports, and being on teams and going to practices and games every week takes up a lot of time, but it also changed my kids’ behavior, I think, for the better. It gives them a whole new focus, fills their days and weeks, and that makes it easier for me -- because I’m not constantly needing to set up playdates or think of activities or go to the playground to keep them busy anymore.” -- Susan S., mom of three elementary school-aged kids


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6. “Chores. As soon as my kid was old enough to take on some real chores and responsibility, like making her bed, taking out the trash, walking the dog, etc., things got so much easier for me!” -- Violetta H., mom of a 9-year-old

7. “One thing: school! As soon as my twins started pre-K two years ago at age 5, I feel like I got my life back. After half a decade of mostly home caring for them, all day! Now they have their own little lives, they leave each morning early with their bags of stuff and books, and I have plenty of time to work, clean, run errands, and just live my life again. It’s amazing how much easier things are now. Woo hoo!!” -- Kate P., mom of twins in first grade

What has gotten easier for you, as your kids grow up?

Lorraine Allen is a writer, and mom and personal chef to one spunky 6-year-old girl with severe food allergies. You can enjoy their delicious recipes and follow their amusing family cooking adventures at
Feeding Lina.

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